“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall receive mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)
It is not fitting that the man who will not forgive should be forgiven, nor should he who will not give to the poor have his own wants relieved. God will measure to us with our own bushels, and those who have been hard masters and hard creditors will find that the Lord will deal hardly with them. “For judgement is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy.” (James 2:13)
This day let us try to give and to forgive. Let us mind the two bears—bear and forbear. Let us be kind, and gentle, and tender. Let us not put harsh constructions upon men’s conduct, nor drive hard bargains, nor pick foolish quarrels, nor be difficult to please. Surely we wish to be blessed, and we also want to obtain mercy: let us be merciful, that we may have mercy. Let us fulfil the condition, that we may earn the beatitude. Is it not a pleasant duty to be kind? Is there not much more sweetness in being kind than in being angry and ungenerous? Why, there is a blessedness in the thing itself! Moreover, the obtaining of mercy is a rich reward. What but sovereign grace could suggest such a promise as this? We are merciful to our fellow-mortal in pence, and the Lord forgives us all that debt.
This passage is quoted from Charles Spurgeon’s collection “Faith’s Chequebook”. When our website is officially launched we hope to provide our own “Thought for the Week”.